Few actors meltdown on screen quite as well as Paul Giamatti. The man loses his marbles in the most fun way you imagine. This ability is on full display in this new, red band clip from Phantasm director, Don Coscarelli’s new film, John Dies at the End. While the adaptation of David Wong’s novel is definitely more on the horror side, there should be more than enough sci-fi elements to pique your interest.
Definitely don’t watch this anywhere your boss might sneak up behind you, or anywhere the ears of an impressionable young child may hear. There’s some naughty language and startling images. It also shows just how fun John Dies at the End is going to be.
Giamatti plays Arnie, a reporter digging into a new street drug called Soy Sauce. The Sauce isn’t like any drug you’ve ever done, it allows its users portals into other dimensions, conjures up all sorts of demons and other sinister creatures, and generally makes you wish you never got out of bed in the morning. And that doesn’t even begin to describe the strangeness and twisted sense of humor involved.
It will be interesting to see how big a role Arnie plays in the film. In the novel, he is a relatively small part, and he is most present in the story as the person to whom the narrator, David Wong (the character, not the writer, played by Chase Williamson), recounts his adventures with the titular John (Rob Mayes).
John Dies at the End gets a limited run in theaters starting January 25, but is already available on iTunes and On Demand. As the days go by, it’s getting more and more difficult not to call in sick to work, drop everything, and order this repeatedly. But I can’t, because at the moment I’m reading, and loving the hell out of, the book, and need to finish before I’ll be able to let myself watch it. Still, this is a movie worth getting excited about.